Toy Box: Another excuse to buy new devices

I use a number of devices whose functions overlap. My cellphone has cellphone numbers in it; my Palm Vx has street and postal addresses along with my calendar; my Lotus Notes email package has email addresses; and my Call Manager landline software stores non-cellular numbers. Oddly, managing that whole shemozzle is becoming something of a nightmare.

I use a number of devices whose functions overlap. My cellphone has cellphone numbers in it; my Palm Vx has street and postal addresses along with my calendar; my Lotus Notes email package has email addresses; and my Call Manager landline software stores non-cellular numbers.

Oddly, managing that whole shemozzle is becoming something of a nightmare. I find myself wandering the streets looking for meeting places and unable to call for help because the person’s cellphone number is stored in a strange and unexpected place.

It wasn’t a problem when my trusty old cellphone was still alive, as it had a memory of only about a dozen numbers and a battery life to match. But the Nokia 7110 I keep trying to break has room for about 1000 names, addresses and numbers, which is more than I could ever want.

Apple is hoping to solve all of that with iSync, a software bundle that synchronises a variety of devices over a variety of media. The only problem is I’ll need to buy an iPod, an iMac, a new Palm and a Sony Ericsson T68i to take advantage of it all. What the hell, you say.

ISync is supposed to manage all the devices listed above via Bluetooth, hence the so-far restricted number of devices that work. In its favour is that it’s a free download from September onward and comes bundled with the new version of Mac OS X, codenamed “Jaguar”.

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